• Kyodo


Two Japanese-Brazilians were served fresh arrest warrants Wednesday on suspicion of abandoning the body of a Japanese theft accomplice at an Aichi Prefecture beach in July, the police said.

The warrants were served on Fabburo Leandro Matsuura, 24, and a 19-year-old boy after police exhumed the corpse of the 31-year-old man from Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Wednesday morning. The pair told police where to find the body, police said. The teen was not identified because he is a minor.

Police said they will arrest another 24-year-old Japanese-Brazilian man on the same charge, possibly by Wednesday afternoon. Police suspect the trio killed the man after a quarrel.

The teenager was arrested in October for allegedly stealing a luxury car from Toyota Motor Corp.’s Tahara factory in the prefecture. The 31-year-old Japanese man, who has not been identified, was on a wanted list in connection with the theft.

Matsuura was arrested in January for allegedly stealing about 6.7 million yen from a cash-transport car outside the Iwata branch of Gamagori Shinkin Bank.

According to police investigations, the trio buried the Japanese man at the beach in late July. The body was wrapped in plastic and buried in a hole about 70 cm deep, the police said.

The family of the dead man filed a missing person report with police in July.

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